Blumenthal, Karen Tommy: The Gun That Changed America, 232 pgs. NON FICTION MacMillan (roaring Brook Press, 2015. $19.99. Language: PG (3 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (Shootings, not graphic but described).
Inventing a better weapon for war, one that is lightweight, fires quickly and can process a lot of ammunition without jamming, led John Thompson to develop a handheld machine gun. Finished too late for WWI, the US army wasn’t interested, but it quickly became popular with police and gangsters.
This is a fascinating read. The history of the gangsters, the FBI and Hollywood’s portrayal of this dangerous weapon are seamlessly woven together to make a complete story, Historians, gun enthusiasts, war and gangster enthusiasts will all love this book.
MS, HS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian